WATCH: Help Catch the Henry's Tacos Hit-and-Run Driver

In this video, a black SUV police are looking for crashes into the beloved Tujunga Village restaurant.

Patch recently obtained video footage of a woman driving a black Ford Explorer that ran headlong into the wall of cracking the exterior wall and causing enough piping and kitchen damage to temporarily shut down the nearly half-century institution in Tujunga Village.

"This place has withstood the 1971 quake and the 1994 earthquake, and now this," said owner Janis Hood, whose grandfather opened the taco stand. On Dec. 13 this year, Henry's Tacos will have stood at the corner of Moorpark Street and Tujunga Avenue for 50 years.

North Hollywood police detectives have a license number of the car from a witness at the next door.

About 30 seconds into the video, the Explorer is seen crashing into the restaurant. The tape shows a woman and another passenger looking like they are turning into the Henry's parking lot (which was closed at the time). The car lurches forward, then gets stuck, and the wheels spin and then smoke as the car hits the wall again, and smashes a storage shed outside the tiny restaurant. Then the car backs away and leaves.

The incident happened at about 10:55 p.m. Saturday. Henry's does not open on Sundays, and on Monday, it was determined that there was too much damage to open for the day. 

Inside, the sink was knocked off the wall, and a $3,000 slicer fell to the floor. A plumber at the scene said pipes need to be replaced, and an insurance adjuster was on the way to the scene Monday afternoon.

Coincidentally on Monday, Lisa Sarkin writing the column named Henry's Tacos one of the best places for a deal on lunch. Readers had to wait to take advantage of that advice.

Meanwhile, Henry's has reopened and there's a large board over the hold in the wall while it awaits some renovations inside.

Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to call the North Hollywood division of the Los Angeles Police Department at (818) 623-4016.

Christine Crossley August 26, 2011 at 10:33 PM
This needs to be cleared up....this was an accident. She did report to police. This however, should not be $30,000.00 in damage..just sayin.
nancy chow August 28, 2011 at 09:43 PM
does anyone know if that Asian lady got hurt???
debbie August 30, 2011 at 07:55 PM
What is this owner using the slicer for???? Its a loose meat taco stand.I hope everyone is ok. This is not that big of a deal, I mean the women turned herself in for crying out loud. Oh and nancy how can you tell the women is asian??????
Mike Szymanski August 31, 2011 at 10:59 AM
It's the video and the way people react in it that is fascinating... especially how they just get up and leave with all the witnesses watching!
Maynard Black September 03, 2011 at 12:40 AM
Give em a break, she was confused and shaken, she reported it the next day and is dealing with the consequences. Have a heart, if that was your sister or daughter or mother, would you still be so judgmental?


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